It has been a beautiful fall here in New England, and I have been taking some early morning bike rides. It is dark when I head out, so I have the full panoply of reflective gear and a clear and strong headlight. It is good to be seen by drivers in their cars.
In the picture, I am the "X" just making a right hand turn at a corner in which there is a rotary around which approaching cars from the opposite direction are supposed to go when making a left turn (top black line).
Except, this time, the guy driving a minivan at about 30 mph decides he is at Le Mans and choose to make the left turn by bypassing the rotary altogether and driving in the left lane and cutting the corner (lower line).
He finally wakes up and sees me and swerves and misses me by a foot. Never stopping. But accelerating off as he departs the scene.
I can't tell you how much I appreciated the adrenaline rush. I had been just a little chilly as I set out that day, and this event quickly warmed up my whole body.